Royal College of Physicians


Examine 700 years of trusted, historical medical research

Founded in 1518 by a Royal Charter from King Henry VIII, the Royal College of Physicians of London is a professional membership body for physicians, with 34,000 members and fellows across the globe. It is the leading body for physicians in the United Kingdom and internationally, and the oldest medical college in England. Organization members work to achieve their collective vision by influencing the way that healthcare is designed and delivered, promoting good health and leading the prevention of ill health across all communities, as well as supporting physicians to fulfill their potential.

The Wiley Digital Archives: Royal College of Physicians collection brings relevant, rare and unique historical materials to researchers, students and educators across a variety of interdisciplinary fields and departments. The archive reflects the history and development of modern Western medicine, while documenting the interactions of the medical community between religious sects, monarchies, political systems and the general public. There is a good deal of information related to the establishment of medical practice standards and medical education, and to the extension and growth of the medical disciplines into the specialized fields of practice as we understand them today.

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Subjects Covered
  • Development of Mental Health
  • History of Medicine
  • History of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Regulation, Law, Policy & Control
  • Medical Humanities
  • Medieval & Early Modern Texts
  • Non-Western Medicine
  • Anatomical Studies
  • World Health
  • Vaccinations & the History of Pharmacology
  • Evolution & Nomenclature of Diseases & Medical Treatment
  • Public Health & Health Culture
  • Military Medicine & Practice
  • Early Medical Textbooks & Education
    & Much More
Primary Source Materials
  • Books
  • Committee Records
  • Correspondence
  • Domestic Recipe & Medical Manuals
  • Grants, Charters & Statutes
  • Illustrations, Sketches & Drawings
  • Journals
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Pamphlets
  • Personal Papers
  • Medical Textbooks
  • Proceedings
  • Reports
  • Treatment Records
  • Surveys & Questionnaires
    & Various Ephemera